President Obama Knows his SNL!

It seems SNL has some impressive viewers …

Singer John Legend was filming backstage at the January 18th inaugural concert, which captured some of the world’s top musicians giddily awaiting their chance to greet the President and First Lady. I don’t think anyone was prepared for the following exchange, as transcribed by EW’s Popwatch:

Michelle Obama: “Mr. President, you didn’t tell Beyonce about ‘Single Ladies’? Your rendition?”
Barack Obama: [chuckles] “Oh! I’m not like Justin. I didn’t put on the outfit. But I didn’t want my girls thinking that I couldn’t, you know…I got a lil’ something.”

Obama then follows it up with one of the hand twirl moves from the video!

I don’t know what’s cooler – that Obama knows his pop culture and musical references, or that he’s seen the oh-so-awesome SNL sketch that parodied Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video.

Have You Been to an SNL Taping?

Have any readers actually been to an SNL taping before?

I’d like to hear your experiences. How did you get your tickets?  What year was it?  Who was the host and musical guest?

I’ve never attended a taping, and I don’t know anyone personally that has been one of the lucky audience members over the years.  The closest I’ve been is the lobby at 30 Rockefeller, The NBC Universal Store, and just outside the entrance to the NBC studios (when I snapped the photo above).

Share your story in the comments below!

Photo courtesy of ME!

Timberlake on the “Single Ladies” Sketch

One of SNL’s funniest sketches of this season nearly didn’t happen. In a pre-Grammy Awards interview with Katie Couric, Justin Timberlake revealed that Beyonce had some serious reservations about the “Single Ladies” sketch, which put JT, Andy Samberg and Bobby Moynihan in tights and heels as backup dancers for the diva’s latest video.

The Associated Press reports:

When Beyonce told him she was having second thoughts about a sketch where Timberlake was to “audition” for a video, he showed up at her dressing room in a robe covering a leotard. He dropped the robe and stood there, staring into space. Beyonce’s reply: “I can’t look anywhere but your face right now.”

Thanks, Beyonce, for agreeing to it! You could have prevented the world from seeing JT and the boys in action, and hearing JT say “We’re the dan-cers”!

Photo Courtesy of MTV

Another Classic Steve Martin Sketch

I just couldn’t resist posting another classic Steve Martin clip!

Does anyone else remember King Tut?

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I think this musical number was so popular because people remember the insanity surrounding the King Tut exhibit whenever it came to town. Although I didn’t make it to the museum when it was in my hometown, I do recall the ads everywhere, and hearing about the long lineups.

I find it hard to believe this sketch is from 1978!

Think there will be any moments quite like this when Martin hosts this Saturday?

A Classic Steve Martin Sketch

In case you haven’t heard, Steve Martin is hosting SNL next Saturday for the 15th time. That’s unprecedented on the show until now.

Since 1976, his appearances have created some of the most memorable characters. One of my faves has always been Martin and Dan Aykroyd as those “wild and crazy guys” The Festrunk Brothers.

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Which Steve Martin characters or sketches have you enjoyed the most over the years? Do you hope he revives any of them for his upcoming SNL appearance?

Tonight on SNL: John Malkovich and T.I. (Repeat)

Tonight’s on SNL is a repeat of the holiday episode featuring John Malkovich.

You can check out our recap of this episode HERE.

It’d be worth tuning in for some of Amy Poehler’s last appearances, especially her opening as Hilary Clinton, and for the Digital Short “J*%$ in my Pants”, performed by Andy Samberg’s Lonely Island.

The next new episode of SNL is January 31st with Steve Martin.

Photo courtesy of NBC

Wiig Not Eager to Step into Palin’s Shoes

I couldn’t possibly imagine any of the current players on SNL as Sarah Palin, after Tina Fey’s insanely great performances last fall leading up to the US Presidential Election.

A few names have been tossed around by Fey as to who her successor will be, which includes Kristen Wiig. But Wiig doesn’t want the role.

She spoke with Kevin Williamson of Sun Media at this year’s Sundance Film Fest, and commented:

“I could never do Sarah Palin after Tina Fey did. It would be so hard … I think she was pretty perfect on that one and America knew it even before she did it. What was so cool was her leaving SNL to do this really successful show (30 Rock) and then coming back to do this one thing, which turned out to be the biggest thing ever. She’s so good at it. I hope I never have to do it. Those are some shoes to fill.”

I’m relieved Wiig isn’t contemplating this role. I can barely tolerate her the majority of the time on SNL, although sometimes she surprises me. She shouldn’t bother with Palin, and stick to Kathie Lee Gifford, one of the few impersonations of hers that I don’t mind. At the same time, I can’t picture ANY of the current female players on SNL taking on the role of Palin. Perhaps they should just reserve it for the shows when Tina Fey returns as host.

Can you picture any of the current SNL players in the role of Sarah Palin?

Photo courtesy of NBC

SNL’er Armisen Engaged to Mad Men’s Moss

Just a week after the announcement they were dating, Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss reveals that she’s engaged to SNL’s Fred Armisen.

Moss broke the news of the engagement to USA Weekend’s Lorrie Lynch in an interview leading up to this weekend’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. She’s nominated for her portrayal of Peggy Olson on AMC’s Mad Men.

Armisen’s been an SNL player since 2002. Recently, his roles on the show have included impersonations of President Barack Obama and New York Governor David Paterson, as well as Fericito, his recurring Venezuelan night club comedian character.

Moss has been in New York since the fall in her first Broadway role, as Karen in Speed-the-Plow. This is the 20th Anniversary revival of the David Mamet play. Moss’ role was originally played by Madonna.

Photo courtesy of US Weekly

Samberg and The Lonely Island Release Debut Album

The Lonely Island – Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone – are set to release their debut CD and DVD, Incredibad, on February 10th.

The trio is responsible for some of SNL’s finest moments over the past few years, the Digital Shorts “Lazy Sunday”, “D*%$ in a Box” and “J$#@ in my Pants”, just to name a few. They’re also the kings of viral video.

What can you expect from these childhood friends when Incredibad hits stores and the internet next month? The tracklist includes the SNL faves mentioned above, as well as “Ras Trent”, “Natalie’s Rap” (featuring Natalie Portman). There will also be some new tracks, with guests like Norah Jones, T-Pain and Julian Casablancas of The Strokes.

For a complete track list, and more info on this musical comedy trio, visit the Lonely Island website.

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SNL Season 33 Episode 12 Recap

This past weekend’s episode of SNL, with host Rosario Dawson, left a lot to be desired. It was just plain old boring.  I hate to say it, but this one was even worse than last fall’s Tim McGraw ep.  I have to wonder if there was any thought put into writing these sketches.

The opening sketch, with Kristen Wiig as Diane Sawyer and Darrell Hammond as Dick Cheney, was horrid.  Wiig/Sawyer kept asking Hammond/Cheney if he had regrets on a number of different subjects.  My regret – that the writers couldn’t come up with something better, and I had to endure a sketch that seemed to last way, way too long.

Da Learnin’ Train, a parody of a Discovery Kids TV program, was so lame.  I don’t think even the strongest players would have been able to make this one work.

We were subjected to another typically annoying Kristen Wiig character, Gilly.  I can’t say nothing more than terrible, terrible, terrible!

Even this week’s Digital Short was weak, despite ending with Will Forte’s bare butt.

The only glimpses of hope were during the Weekend Update, with Seth Meyers drawing on outgoing president GWB, and the plane landing in the Hudson for content.   WU guest Andy Samberg as “Larry the Goose” was solid, as he told his side of the story regarding US Airways landing on the Hudson – I loved that he used the word “clusterflock”.  Guest Judy Grimes (shock of shocks, Kristen Wiig again) sucked, as usual.  I really wish they wouldn’t bring back that character again.

I was impressed, however, by musical guests Fleet Foxes.  I’d say they were the best musical guest since last fall’s appearance by Kings of Leon.

We have to wait until January 31st for the next new episode, with host Steve Martin (returning for a record-breaking 15th time as host).  Hopefully, we’ll see an improvement.

Do you agree this was the worst episode this season?  And do you find most of Kristin Wiig’s characters as annoying as I do?